Detective Ordered to Stand Trial for Murder

Los Angeles Police Department Detective Stephanie Lazarus was ordered to stand trial this week in the 1986 slaying of a hospital nursing director who was married to Lazarus’ one-time boyfriend. The case is particularly disturbing, because no one thought to investigate Lazarus at the time of the murder – most likely they assumed she was an officer of the law, so she had nothing to do with it.

This case reminds us that you never know who could be a criminal, and for this reason, background checks and a thorough appraisal of potential employees is critical.   In the case of Lazarus, there were critical things ignored because no one wanted to consider the possibility that she was a killer.

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